Monday, March 31, 2008

Books That Seem to Matter...

Returning with another installment of the Daily Sprawl Books That Seem to Matter series, today we recommend: "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future" by Bill McKibben.

This excellent read takes a look at how the growing energy challenges will ultimately demand a more local way of living.

Unlike others (such as Jim Kunstler), McKibben takes a much less--though equally compelling--cynical view of how things will turn out. His optimism is demonstrated through examples of first world and third world changes already in place--ones that can be, if not must be, replicated here in the U.S.

Probably the best chapter is how the author and his family ate only local food (they live in Vermont) for a season--and, in doing so, learned the challenges...and rewards that doing so involves.

If "Getting Local" matters to you, this is a great book to pick-up. At roughly 250 paperback pages, it's very manageable yet still full of novel insights.